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Character Options: Talents (5E)

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Character Options: Talents offers variant rules for your 5th edition gaming. It does not change any of the existing rules. Instead, it provides you with additional options for character customization and development. It offers over 230 talents that you can choose from, enabling you to bring flavor, diversity, and much needed punch to your characters!

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General, Racial, and Class TalentsClass Talents (continued) and Faction Talents

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Mitchell M September 17, 2017 4:28 am UTC
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Does Improved Second Wind heal 2d10 + fighter level + fighter level?
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Dragoni X September 17, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
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Yes, you heal an additional 1d10 + fighter's level. So yeah, that's a total of 2d10 + 2x fighter's level.
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Dragoni X September 08, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
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Updated to version 2.01.
- Removed racial prerequisite Halfling from Tool Focus
- Increased damage of Two-Weapon Rend from 1d6 to 2d6 (plus Str or Dex bonus).
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Steve K September 04, 2017 11:34 pm UTC
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You have Tool Focus as a Misc Talent but the prerequisite is being a Halfing, so shouldn't it be a racial talent?
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Dragoni X September 05, 2017 1:18 am UTC
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No, that's an errata. As I mentioned in one of the posts below, there should be no racial prerequisite. Please ignore that prerequisite for now. I will upload the fixed version soon.
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REINHARDT F August 31, 2017 7:00 am UTC
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Your next book says it's going to include material from Elemental Evil, Unearthed Arcana, Sword Coast Adventures, but will it even Include the Artificer, Mystic, the class archtypes and new races from the 3 Plane Shift books, and even the material from the Taldorei campaign setting created by Matt Mercer such as Blood Hunter class, the Order of the Lycan archtype for the Blood Hunter, Bard College of the Maestro, The Gunslinger archtype for Fighters, and even the Revanite Dragonborn?
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Dragoni X August 31, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
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I will cover everything that appeared in the official Unearthed Arcana site (http://dnd.wizards.com/articles-tags/unearthed-arcana), as well as any official releases that have come out before the book's release. The Artificer and Mystic were officially released through UA so I will definitely include them.
I have yet to read the 3 Planeshift books but as they are official D&D releases, I can possibly include them as well (but I have to check if its possible to use a campaign outside of Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft even if its official D&D).
The Tal'dorei Campaign however is not an official release and under DMG rules I therefore cannot create material for it.
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david W July 20, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
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Just started going through book. Looks good. One quick question, why does tool focus have a halfling race prerequisite?
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Dragoni X July 20, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
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It shouldnt. Thats a typo. :P
Thanks for the catch! Will fix it in the next update.
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David M July 18, 2017 6:43 am UTC
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Hi Dragoni X,

It's looking really good from what I can see, my current DM is reviewing whether he will use it in our game so I'll give you some feedback if he does.

I wanted to check, are there any plans to include material for races/archetypes outside of the PHB such as Volo's Guide? Also will UA material be covered, classes/archetypes/races?

Finally I'm looking forward to your book on monsters talents, keep up the great work :)
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Dragoni X July 18, 2017 7:30 am UTC
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Hi David!
I'm glad you like the book!
To answer your question, yes, i am already in the process of developing the second book, Talents II. This book specifically addresses those books you mentioned. :)
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Dragoni X July 14, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
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Updated Talents to v2.0.

Dozens of Talents rebalanced.
New Layout.
More new images.

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Dragoni X July 01, 2017 3:41 am UTC
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Hi everyone,

I started taking down notes and began the tweaking of all talents. This will be a long process and I hope you will have the patient to wait. For now I will keep the talents as they are. I don't want to keep small updates and keep everyone's versions too varied. I will try to come up with one big update 2 months from now, alongside the next Talents book (which should then be aligned with the updated version).

I've already began looking at increasing or adding requirements (such as ability scores, more ki points, etc.), limiting use (from short rest to long rest), or outright nerfing the features or bonus.

I would like to very much hear from you what particular talents you wish to tweak, tone down, and how to balance them, if you have already done so. :)

And if I haven't said so yet, thank you for the support, feedback, and purchasing of Character Options: Talents!
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Jason L July 03, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
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Hello Dragoni X,
I've really been enjoying your book; pretty fun stuff. I did have a question about one of the talents: "Improved Blinding Strike" for Light Domain Clerics. There isn't anything in the PHB called "Blinding Strike". Are you referring to the "Warding Flare" feature for Light Domain Clerics?
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Dragoni X July 04, 2017 3:00 am UTC
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Hi Jason! Glad you're enjoying it!
The Blinding Strike is a new feature/talent. It should be on page 8. ;)
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J. D W June 29, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
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I really gotta say that this needs another few pass throughs and considerations for the power level of these talents. I gave the benefit of the doubt for the 9th+ level talents but anything below that that really overpowers normal feats, especially the stronger ones, has me concerned that the quality of these talents is just too all over the place and could really use some tinkering (not even mentioning the underpowered ones).

Another worry I have for this product is that you have Archetype specific talents, but only for PHB archetypes, which leaves the other published archetypes in the dust.

As it stands now I'm going to have to do some serious tinkering and cherry picking the most balanced talents to come up with a list to present my players because the wide range of quality in these talents is too much imo.
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Dragoni X June 30, 2017 12:13 am UTC
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Hi J.D.W.,

First of all, thanks for the comment. You are exactly right about your observations. In the first page of the book, it says, "Most do not bring as many features as a standard feat. Instead, they either help shape and add flavor to your character, improve your specializations, or address your opportunities. You do not need to use all of them if you think some are not balanced. Feel free to modify them as you see fit. And most importantly, have fun!"

Not all campaigns are the same. The design decisions I made are based from my experience running 5E campaigns since it came out. Most of the talents you see here are born from the opportunities I saw and what I've observed from my players. You mention that the quality of talents are too all over the place. IMO, it's the same thing in the PHB. Again, that will depend on how you run your campaigns. Because my campaign is combat/strategy heavy and light on rpg, I noticed that very quickly, in just the first year of...See more
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Dragoni X June 29, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
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Just want to toss this question to all those who purchased the book:

What are your favorite talents so far?
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Matthew G June 29, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
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Hey Dragni,
Love the book. There are quite a few typos throughout, but most of the time I could figure out what you mean.. the worst one I caught was in the last couple pages in the Monstrous Talents where you accidentally merged Freezing Breath and Sweeping Strike into one additional text box. No biggie though :) Planning on using these to help spice up some of the One Shots I run on Roll20. I'll let you know how it goes!
Thanks,
Matt
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Dragoni X June 29, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
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I'm glad you love it. Being a solo writer, I hardly have any reviewer support. You guys are basically my editors. :P

Thank you for pointing me to the typo at the end (the sneak peak material). If you could also point me to the small typos you found, I'd gladly fix them and upload a new version. :)
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Dragoni X June 29, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
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And yeah i look forward to your Roll20 feedback! :)
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Gary K June 25, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
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Bought the book there, quite enjoying it. Are you planning to release talents for UA releases? In particular I've 2 shadow sorcerers in my campaign and I'd love to have talents that would work for shadow sorcery specifically.
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Gary K June 25, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
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And and actually I meant to ask the same about DMG class options like the Oathbreaker Paladin.
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Dragoni X June 26, 2017 1:19 am UTC
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I'm glad you're enjoying the book!
Yes, we do plan on tackling the UA releases. We had initially just planned on Monstrous Talents first but my partner and I have decided to just merge this with our next release and just call it Character Options: Talents 2.

This book will now cover all current and upcoming UA releases, as well as the existing player content found in Elemental Evil, Sword Coast Adventurers Guide, Volo's, and the aforementioned original Monstrous Talents.

We are in the planning stage but we are looking at a late 3rd quarter elease this year.
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Dragoni X June 22, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
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Updated to version 1.04.

Modified the following talents:
Arcane Knowledge
Gouge
Hamstring
Orcish Brute Strength
Sap
Thief Acrobat

Added:
Called Strike
Improved Swift Cure Wounds
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Aleksey K June 22, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
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It will be updated or it's final version? Cuz in this version some talents missing like "improved swift cure wounds" and there is bad wording in couple of talents
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Dragoni X June 22, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
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Hi Alek. Thank you for asking. No, this is not the final version. I will be updating and working on this from time to time. I will even add more talents in the future.

I have already fixed a couple of typos. Could you please point out which talents have bad wording so I can review them?

Thanks!
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Aleksey K June 22, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
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For example:
*i'm first level high elf fighter with arcane knowledge - how should i use spell from this talent?
*i'm rogue with hamstring or sap, i cant use scimitar to deal slashing damage and i cant use use blunt weapon with sneak attack for bludgeoning damage.
*Orcish Brute Ancestry - u mean skill checks?
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Dragoni X June 22, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
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Good eye, Alek! Thank you for catching these. I totally forgot that Sneak attack can only be done through finesse weapons. I'm still at work at the moment so please give me 12 hours to fix all of these. I promise you won't be disappointed.

But I can address Arcane Knowledge and Orcish Brute Ancestry now.

Arcane Knowledge:
Arcane Knowledge is similar to the Forest Gnome's Natural Illusionist feature in the PHB (page 37). You don't need to have a spellbook because you always have it prepared. However, I should have added this line: "Once you cast this spell, you cannot cast it again until you complete a short or long rest."

Orcish Brute Ancestry.
Yes, just skill checks or what we now call them as ability checks. It should be read as "You have advantage on all Strength and Constitution ability checks."

I will fix and update the pdf within the next 12 hours (including adding the missing improved swift cure wounds). In...See more
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Aleksey K June 22, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
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Glad to help :) I'll tell u if i find something else.
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Dragoni X June 22, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
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Updated to version 1.04.

Modified the following talents:
Arcane Knowledge
Gouge
Hamstring
Orcish Brute Strength
Sap
Thief Acrobat

Added:
Called Strike
Improved Swift Cure Wounds
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Aleksey K June 23, 2017 11:00 am UTC
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Nice! And one more question it will be updated for Volo and SCAG races/subclasses?
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Dragoni X June 23, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
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Yes, plus the elemental evil races too. :)

I won't be touching Unearth Arcana though. Not until they become officially released.
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Søren W June 21, 2017 1:53 am UTC
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This is definitively interesting.
Essentially lesser Feats, but focused more directly
on a character's background and life-direction.

These sorts of character-features is something
I already play with as my Players progress through
an adventure/campaign, so these are of interest.
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